On July 1, the U.S. men’s national soccer team faces Belgium in the World Cup’s Round of 16. The winner books a seat in the quarterfinals, while the loser books a flight home.
There’s Clint Dempsey lying on the ground with a broken nose. Jermaine Jones spitting out a gob full of blood. Tim Howard making an amazing save. Kyle Beckerman playing the underdog card. It’s pouring rain. And it’s all in slow-motion. Then come the goals, and the soundtrack morphs from a slow, soul-rumbling crawl into a rousing star-spangled crescendo that may just have you chugging bottles of Bud and screaming USA!USA!USA! by the time it’s over.